Primarily spread through droplets in the air, a February 2020 study of 73 hospitalized coronavirus patients in Guangdong province, China found more than half tested positive for the virus in their stool. Fecal presence of coronavirus was found present in patients six days after testing negative of the virus.
This leads to the possibility that understanding the the presence of certain strains of bacteria in coronavirus patients could aid in the development of a microbiome- based remedy for treating the Coronavirus. They particularly showed a loss of protective microbes and a proliferation of disease-causing ones.
The Chinese University is offering free screening stool tests to travelers arriving at the airport since late March, and identified six infected children among more than 2,000 samples tested, accordingto the Bloomberg report.